From the bandcamp page:-
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, The Porch Song Anthology are a half-Irish, half-Scottish folk-country four-piece lightly coated in pop influences and rock sensibilities.
Formed in 2005 by three former members of 1990s post-rockers TELSTAR PONIES, Rachel Devine, Gavin Laird and Raymond Prior – JC Devine joined the line-up in 2006 – the Porch Song Anthology released their critically acclaimed debut album The Spell of the Trembling Earth in 2006.
After a three-year hiatus to concentrate on other projects, the various members returned to the fold in 2010 to work on new material. A return to the studio and to the live stage, most recently at the Glasgow Americana Festival with Atlanta-based folk-pop outfit GIRLYMAN, signalled a new chapter for the band. The introduction of a violin player and the absence of a drummer on this new material marked a move towards a more stripped back, harmony driven sound evidenced by forthcoming EP The Late Mournings, a three-song ode to heartbreak and longing. Possibly.
The band’s second album is scheduled for release in autumn of 2011.
Sadly, the second album didn’t ever appear and it seems as if The Porch Song Anthology went on an extended hiatus around the beginning of 2012, albeit there’s still a Facebook page in which the individual members provide info about what they are up to and make recommendations about music they are enjoying. Having said that, the FB page hasn’t been update in more than three years…..
The opening track on The Spell Of The Trembling Earth has been described as
“a big, doomy lament about what is quite clearly a bonkers girl who has done her man seriously wrong – it’s as good a song about deception, infidelity and capital punishment as you’ll ever hear in your lifetime.”
It’s a song I’ve long meant to post on the blog – it reminds in places of the immense Country Feedback by R.E.M. – and it leads into an album that has many wonderful moments.
If you like it, I’d recommend picking up a digital copy of the LP, which comes complete with 14 extra tracks, including demos, live versions, non-album singles and b-sides. An absolute bargain for £5….Click here.